The men’s road race at the UCI Cycling World Championships is halted by a protest, leading to five arrests.

Five people were arrested after a protest that was blocking a lonely country road between Edinburgh and Glasgow caused the men’s cycling world championships road race to be stopped in Scotland on Sunday, according to police.

With 190 kilometers remaining in the race, protesters from the environmental organization “This is Rigged” fastened themselves to the road and caused a nearly hour-long delay. On the surface of the road, police dispersed powder.

In a statement shared on social media, the organization claimed it had singled out the event because it was sponsored by the Scottish company Ineos, which makes fuel and gasoline.

Stewards had to stop the charging peloton on a tiny country road near the Carron Valley Reservoir, 50 km outside Glasgow, because the riders didn’t have earpieces during the competition.

The president of the organization that governs cycling worldwide, David Lappartient, was on the scene and making attempts to calm the agitated riders.

In a statement, the UCI stated that it was “cooperating closely with all pertinent authorities to minimize interference with the race and also to ensure rider safety as our paramount concern.”

Following a delay of 55 minutes, the peloton had roughly 200 kilometers to travel to the final line, including 10 loops of a 14-mile downtown Glasgow circuit.

The peloton was also made to dismount by the protesters after they initially stopped the breakaway group, which had gained a lead of more than six minutes.

Favorites of the race, including reigning champion Remco Evenepoel, Tadej Pogacar, Wout Van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel, and Julian Alaphilippe, were forced to wait, converse with one another, and even take pictures.

In order to draw attention to ecological and climate problems, environmental activists frequently target sporting events.

Given that cycling competitions take place across hundreds of kilometers of open, accessible terrain, they are particularly vulnerable.

Notably, the Tour de France was attacked three times last year.

The Scottish Parliament building has previously been painted red by “This is Rigged” protesters, who also last month blocked refineries.

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